It’s likely that choosing a new HVAC system could be one of the more complicated purchasing decision you make, but by searching for those with the Energy Star logo first, it’s easy to narrow your options. Since keeping your home comfortable throughout the year takes about half of your overall energy budget, selecting Energy Star equipment helps reduce monthly energy costs.
Are you seeing signs that you need a plumbing upgrade? You may be without even knowing it. When home systems like cooling or heating equipment go into decline, the evidence is often hard to miss. Plumbing incurs wear and tear steadily over the years just like other household components. However, the hints that a plumbing upgrade is in your immediate future may be less obvious. That is, until something dramatic happens, like a supply line rupture that causes expensive water damage. Read more
It’s only common sense that regularly replacing an HVAC air filter on a periodic basis will extend the system’s life span, lower utility bills and reduce maintenance. But air filters can do so much more. It’s critical to match your choice of air filter with the comfort and health needs of you and your family.
If your home’s water heater is nearing the end of its useful service life – normally 10-12 years – it probably makes sense to start thinking about getting a new one. New federal water heater standards are taking effect April 15, 2015 that will raise the cost of buying and installing a newly manufactured storage-tank water heater. While water heaters produced before the cut-off date can still be purchased and installed, fewer and fewer will be available as old stock sells out. Read more
Your heat pump may ice up in the winter; it’s common enough. Icing happens when the water in the outdoor air comes into contact with a surface that’s below its dew point, such as your heat pump condenser, and it condenses into water. The water freezes when the outdoor air is below freezing. While a slightly frosty heat pump condenser unit is to be expected, it’s not normal for it to be completely encased in ice. Complete encasement is a sign of a malfunctioning unit. The problem of an excessively frosty heat pump must be fixed as soon as possible to prevent high energy bills and damage to the unit.
There are a number of options for keeping your home warm this winter, but two of the most popular are gas and oil furnaces. Which is better, though? Which is more affordable? Which is the most effective for heating your home? The gas vs. oil furnace debate has been going on for decades, and each camp has its firm supporters and staunch decryers. As you make your own decision, here are a few facts to consider.
High energy bills leave many South Plains area homeowners wondering if they need a more efficient heating system. Before upgrading a heating system, following these steps will ensure you make the best decision for your home and budget. Read more
If last winter’s energy bills left you cold, you may be interested in ways to reduce heating costs in your South Plains area home. These four tips will help to keep your heating costs manageable throughout the winter season. Read more
Your HVAC equipment is one of the more important investments in your home, enabling you to find comfort indoors when the outside elements are rough. So you may be worried about the safety of your air conditioner’s outside components when the rain starts falling. It is, after all, powered by electricity, so it makes sense to wonder, “does rain affect my air conditioning unit?” Discover the answer to this question, so you can be an informed and savvy homeowner.